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The masjid as a restorative environment: a case study of Masjid Sultan Ahmad Shah, IIUM

Nor Rahim, Mohd Norhafifi and Mohamad Ramsi, Alya Qaryna and Mohd Nor, Aliaa Nabila and Mohd Tamsir, Nur Nasyitah Syahrain and Mohd Mahudin, Nor Diana (2013) The masjid as a restorative environment: a case study of Masjid Sultan Ahmad Shah, IIUM. In: UMRAN2013: Vision and Methods towards Sustainable Built Environment and Liveable Communities- Undergraduate and Postgraduate Seminar , 02 May 2013, Kulliyah of Architecture and Environmental Design, IIUM.

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While studies have been conducted on the restorative effects of monasteries and churches, limited research is available that investigates the restorative effects of a masjid or mosque. This study therefore focuses on the restorative effects that the Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah (SHAS) Masjid in IIUM has on its visitors. The study aims to answer four research questions namely, gender differences in the motivation of Masjid goers, areas of the Masjid that bring the most restorative effects, the restorative effects of the Masjid on mood outcome, and the relationship between motivation, activities, and mood of Masjid visitors. Analyses demonstrate four important results: (1) there is no statistically significant difference in gender on motivation for going to the Masjid; (2) the areas of the Masjid that give most restorative effect vary; (3) restorative effects are observed in terms of improvement in mood after visiting the Masjid; and (4) there is a significant relationship between the motivation, engaged activities, and the mood outcome among Masjid goers. Altogether, the results suggest that Masjid has restorative potential for enhancing spiritual needs as well as inducing positive changes in mood among its visitors.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Full Paper)
Additional Information: 3951/30111
Uncontrolled Keywords: Restorative effects; House of worship; Masjid; Mood; Behavioural mapping; Environmental Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF511 Affection. Feeling. Emotion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF636 Applied psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc > BP1 Islam
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences > Department of Psychology
Depositing User: Nor Diana Mohd Mahudin
Date Deposited: 30 Jul 2013 09:39
Last Modified: 30 Jul 2013 09:39
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/30111

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